Maybe it is because there were productions of each short story and they were just put together for this collection but I was not impressed by the inconsistencies in production. Sometimes, there are scary, cool music breaks between each story, making it easy to know when one is finished. Other times, the same music will play randomly in the middle of a story. Worse, there is often no breaks in between each story other than the announcement of the title. It made no sense.
The stories themselves are fantastic! Joe Hill is a great writer. The narrator is super good too and I enjoyed him. The rating is for those two reasons (as it should be). The production of this book, however, rates only one star.
I listened to one short story after another, and then went back and listened to some of them again.
Joe Hill is a wonderful and creative writer. I then learned that he is Stephen King's son, but his talent is his own.
mother, wife, artist
Not as good as I was hoping, I much prefered his first novel, but not bad for passing the time around halloween, but warning to the buyer, not all of the "ghosts" in this book are spooks, and that can be a little misleading...
This was a BIG disappointment, not even close to "Heart-Shaped Box." Many of the stories seem like ramblings in someone's journal - very little structure. None was spooky, scary, creepy (insert your anticipated gost-story adjective here).
The reader makes this audiobook painful to get through. He overacts the parts like crazy. He takes whispered parts literally, causing a lot of volume adjustments while driving. I kept waiting for him to blow his nose or otherwise get over his nasal congestion. It never happened! As a result, his diction is terrible. "B" words start with an "m" sound. (Cows were "mauling." Context suggested that they may have been "bawling" but I can't be sure.) End-of-word "t"s are accomplished with a throat closing rather than tongue and roof of the mouth. And he has an overall lazy approach to making words distinct. "At least" sounds like "aleast". You get the picture.
Some customers evidently enjoyed this book, based on the collective rating (3.5+ at this writing). MY recommendation is to use your credit for something else.
Confused as to what is to be scary about these stories. The one about a woman surviving an outbreak is clever. I can not even finish this book. They're all so drab!!! So much character development that you wait so long for a story to develop, that you lose interest. Sorry.
The narrator is absolutely awful. I cannot give a fair review of the work because I had to stop after the 2nd story. He over emotes every word. I couldn't take it anymore and had to stop.
good book the stories were versatile there were a couple of stories that could have developed into novels. .. definitely going to check out This author's other writings! !
Joe Hill displays his riders chops with a acrobatically display of storytelling. Though all the stories will not proverbially knock your socks off there is enough here to draw any one in and leave them wanting more
I love Joe Hill. I read the description for this book on at least 5 separate occasions but never had a good feeling about it. I'm not really crazy about short stories and these just didn't keep my attention. I wouldn't say it was bad overall, just not my style.
I hear ya
This takes two or more hearings... could be the story, could be the narrator but, pay close attention listener because these are not ordinary ghost stories. You cannot predict these endings nor who/what is the real bad guy around the next corner.
Joe Hill has a little special something scary for every listener.
Would like to sit Joe Hill down for a face to face to get alternate ENDINGS on some of these shorts. We know he has them.